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Monday Overnights: Modest Start for Drama ‘The Crossing’ on ABC

'The Voice' Leads NBC to More Monday Overnight Victory

MONDAY, APRIL 2, 2018

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 5.2/ 8, ABC: 4.5/ 7, CBS: 3.7/ 6, Fox: 1.2/ 2, CW: 0.8/ 1

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
Note: CBS aired NCAA Basketball on the year-ago evening.
CW: +14, NBC: no change, ABC: -21, Fox: -43, CBS: -63

Ratings Breakdown:
“The Voice” led NBC to another Monday overnight victory, with a dominant 6.4 rating/10 share in households besting competing “American Idol” on ABC (#2: 5.0/ 8) by 28 percent. While “American Idol” is not a bust by any means, smaller than expected returns for this ABC reboot may not justify the high costs of producing it.

In series-premiere news was ABC drama “The Crossing,” which won the 10 p.m. hour with a 3.6/ 6 in the household overnights. Comparably, that was 57 percent above “Quantico” on the year-ago evening (2.3/ 4 on 4/03/17). And it beat competing “Good Girls” on NBC (#3: 2.8/ 5) and a repeat of “NCIS” on CBS (#2: 3.1/ 5) by 29 percent and 16 percent, respectively. But “The Crossing” was also 42 percent below the season-finale of “The Good Doctor” one week earlier (6.2/11 on March 26). And it dipped from the 9:30 p.m. portion of lead-in “American Idol” (4.8/ 8) by 25 percent. Since most new series drop 10 to 20 percent in week two, consider this a modest start for “The Crossing.”

Earlier in the evening on CBS were repeats of “The Big Bang Theory” (two episodes – 8 p.m.: #3: 4.5/ 7; 9 p.m.: #3: 4.2/ 7) and “Young Sheldon” (#3: 4.2/ 7 at 8:30 p.m.) into a slightly improved 3.0/ 5 for an original installment of recent entry “Living Biblically” at 9:30 p.m.

Elsewhere, Fox populated the night with encore telecasts of dramas “Lucifer” (#4: 1.2/ 2 at 8 p.m.) and “The Resident” (#4: 1.2/ 2 at 9 p.m.), which I predict will both be back next season. And The CW featured just renewed “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow” (#5: 1.0/ 2 at 8 p.m.) into on the fence ‘iZombie” at 9 p.m. (#5: 0.6/ 1)

What follows are the household overnight ratings for Monday, April 2 broken out by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “American Idol”: 5.0/ 8 (#2)
CBS – “The Big bang Theory” (R): 4.5/ 7 (#3)
NBC – “The Voice”: 6.3/11 (#1)
Fox – “Lucifer” (R): 1.3/ 2 (#4)
CW – “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow”: 1.0/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “American Idol”: 5.1/ 8 (#2)
CBS – “Young Sheldon” (R): 4.2/ 7 (#3)
NBC – “The Voice”: 6.6/11 (#1)
Fox – “Lucifer” (R): 1.2/ 2 (#4)
CW – “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow”: 1.0/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “American Idol”: 5.1/ 8 (#2)
CBS – “The Big bang Theory” (R): 4.2/ 7 (#3)
NBC – “The Voice”: 6.5/10 (#1)
Fox – “The Resident” (R): 1.2/ 2 (#4)
CW – “iZombie”: 0.6/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “American Idol”: 4.8/ 8 (#2)
CBS – “Living Biblically”: 3.0/ 5 (#3)
NBC – “The Voice”: 6.2/10 (#1)
Fox – “The Resident” (R): 1.3/ 2 (#4)
CW – “iZombie”: 0.7/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Crossing” (series premiere): 3.8/ 6 (#1)
CBS – “NCIS” (R): 3.1/ 5 (#3)
NBC – “Good Girls”: 3.2/ 5 (#2)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Crossing” (series premiere): 3.5/ 6 (#1)
CBS – “NCIS” (R): 3.2/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “Good Girls”: 2.5/ 5 (#2)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  1. So #2 means nothing for idol, but #1 for Lucifer is a return status???? How does that compute? What about the 7.7 million that chose American Idol; they don’t matter

    • Fox’s benchmarks have always been different, with the exception of the occasional blockbuster like “Idol.” But “Idol” isn’t a blockbuster this time–“The Voice” is kicking its ass on Monday nights and ABC’s spending money on it that they shouldn’t have to spend on a reality format. I’m shocked that ABC hasn’t tried to move the Monday shows to another night where it doesn’t have to face “The Voice.”

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